Julie Fritsch

Monday Morning Monitor 7/1/13

Blog Post created by Julie Fritsch on Jul 1, 2013

July 1, 2013


The National Council for Agricultural Education


To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.


The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America’s schools by stimulating:

  • the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
  • program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
  • the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

Upcoming Events

July 15-18
NAAE Region VI Conference
Bristol, VA

September 19-21
North Central Region AAAE
Platteville, WI

September 23–25
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX

September 26
National Teach Ag Day

October 30-November 2
National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY


January 28-30
National Ag Ed Summit/
National FFA Inservice


February 1-4
Southern Region AAAE

May 20-23
Salt Lake City, UT

Past Issues

June 24
June 17
June 10
June 3
May 20
May 13

Quote for the Week

"Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve."
-Roger Lewin

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

The Council

2014 National Ag Ed Summit/National FFA Inservice
Please save the date to attend the 2014 National Ag Ed Summit and FFA Inservice January 28-30, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The theme for the Ag Ed Summit portion of the event will be SAE Renewal. The Council would like to see many state Team AgEd members make the trip and be present to discuss how we reinvigorate the SAE component of our agricultural education program striving to have all students involved in experiential learning that enhances their college and career readiness. The National FFA Inservice portion of the event will focus on updates and revisions taking place to National FFA programs and services in the coming year and will be facilitated by National FFA Staff.

If you are unable to attend the conference in person we will again facilitate the conference in an online format to allow those who cannot travel to Indianapolis the ability to watch and listen to the conference live or at a later time through recorded videos. Please be on the lookout in the coming months for further information regarding the full agenda and pricing for this year’s conference.


NAAE Convention - Early Bird Registration Ends July 12!
This year's NAAE convention will be December 3-7 in Las Vegas. Register before July 12 to save $50 on NAAE convention registration.More information

Taking a Family Vacation This Summer?
NAAE members get a 15 percent discount at Choice Hotels International. Check the back of your membership card for details and discount code.

On Communities of Practice:

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology

Friday, June 21, 2013: CAST releases the controversial Precautionary Principle publication—lots of buzz and reaction. This week’s links include ag news, opinions, and oddities.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST)weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O’Lakes company).


Deadline extended for band, chorus and talent applications
Have an FFA member in your chapter with some musical talents? Make sure they apply to be a part of the National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent at the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville. New this year: the first National FFA Talent competition! The application deadline has been extended to July 15.

How to write a winning thank-you letter
If there’s one thing FFA members are always encouraged to do, it’s write thank you letters. National FFA Southern Region Vice President Wiley Bailey explains why notes of thanks are important and what it takes to write an awesome letter. Watch now!


Bachelor's Degree Not Required for Many STEM Jobs
STEM is portrayed as the arena of the highly educated-bachelor's and advanced degree holders-but a recent Brookings report shares that half of STEM jobs are for workers with less than a four-year degree. CTE educates youth and adults for many of the occupations described inThe Hidden STEM Economy.

Read more


Ten Reasons Why Congress Must Act to Pass a Food, Farms and Jobs Bill - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack

Getting a Food, Farm and Jobs Bill passed this year is essential – and it can’t fall victim to politics as usual. Too much is at stake, and too many people lose out if Congress can’t act.  Here are 10 good reasons why Congress must take action as soon as possible to achieve passage of a Farm Bill this year:


Ask Arne: Talking Teacher Prep
Is teacher prep a major headline issue for Secretary Duncan? (Spoiler alert: Yes.) What does he see as exemplars in the traditional and alternative models? How can we attract, support, and retain people who will become excellent teachers? Check it out.